Mormon entertainer youngest composer to win competition

Nineteen year-old Derek Myler was up against some of the most musically talented undergraduates and graduates in the country.

But the budding Mormon entertainer swept in and won the 2009-10 American Choral Directors Association's Raymond W. Brock Memorial Student Composition Competition.

"I'm very humbled and grateful to have been given the gift of music," Myler said of competing against graduate students with technically more musical experience and win. "Age and 'going up against' graduate students is irrelevant when you consider that I just love making music and always have."

Myler, a sophomore at Weber State University, is both the youngest competitor and the very first Utahn to win the prestigious award.

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